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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 26 September 2016
If you look at at any 'Top 10/20/50 Hardcore/Punk' albums of all time chart, being online, in a magazine, YouTube video or whatever, you are highly likely to find this, perhaps the most famous Dead Kennedys' album, somewhere on the list, and more often than not the top half. I know very little of this band really so I'll spare you a history lesson, what I do know, is that this is a kick ass album!
Punk is often very unfairly derided as Metal's dumb, nontechnical cousin, filled by poor guitarists, average vocalists but an occasional top drawer drummer. It's albums like 'Fresh Fruit...' that smash the stereotype to bits!
Being a guitarist, I was surprised how complex songs like 'Holiday In Cambodia' are. It's not your standard 'power chords only' punk song, and is more reminiscent of 'Surfer Rock' with a mean streak than anything else. OK, it's not exactly a 10 minute+ Steve Vai fretboard marathon, but it showcases a great understanding of melody, keys and shows there is much more to the genre than chugging power chords and ska beats. East Bay Ray may just be one of the most under-rated guitarists of all time.
The latter track is one of the highlights ('...Cambodia'), and the track listing is done very effectively, so that the album builds up to that track as its undoubted highlight, which is then followed by an excellent and fun cover of Elvis Presley's 'Viva Las Vegas.' Other highlights include 'Kill The Poor,' 'Let's Lynch The Landlord,' and 'California Uber Alles.'
Jello Biafra's vocals are also very unique, no doubt it'll have some detractors, but the the almost gleeful way he delivers the raw, harsh violence of his lyrics is something to behold, as it melodically suits the music whilst also verbally contradicting the feel good vibes.
The production has aged magnificently well. I assume this CD has been remastered(?), if not, it's a remarkable achievement of mixing! All elements are well represented and still very raw and punk, whether it's East Bay Ray's echo-fuelled slides and arpeggios to Biafra's OTT vocals, you can't help but feel amazed this album is nearly 40 years old!
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on 3 September 2014
Something that I like about the rating system ar AMG is that you also get to pick half-points. That's what I would have done here - I would have ticked 4.5. It's that mega-good, but you know how it is. It's not Exile on Main St, or Revolver, or even Blood On the Tracks, Dark Side of the Moon or OK Computer. But it's such a punk classic that it deserves more than four stars. So imagine now that it's 4.5. Why? It's raw. It's angry. The lyrics are nearly as clever as Dylan's, and he's kind of a punk too, although ahead of its time. The music is top notch throughout - how on Earth is it possible to be on the bar at a hundred miles per hour? What with the speed they play, who checks whether they play it right anyway. What's right, anyway? "Holiday in Cambodia" must be my favorite, and while it's not exactly clear whether Mr. Biafra knows what he wants to say, we feel that he should run for President once more, every time he sings.
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on 23 May 2006
To the guy who said this is over-rated, you are obviously allowed your own view. Me? I saw them back in 1980 or so. I was a punk back in the late 70s to early 80s. I also love a lot of metal and this album is way up in my top albums of all time - along with the Pistols 'Never mind the Bollocks', SLF 'Inflammable Material' and newer faves like QotSA 'Songs for the deaf'.

Yes, Jello's vocals take a bit of getting used to but nobody puts as much passion into what they sing about as he did on this album. He voices his anger, cynicism and other feelings as well as Jake Burns on Inflammable Material.

My 17 year old son absolutely loves this album - up there with other faves of his by SOAD, Foo Fighters etc.

Go on, you know it makes sense.
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on 23 March 2017
This is one of my favourite hardcore punk bands and what a debut cd awesome
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on 25 November 2017
Arrived well before the expected delivery date and was exactly as described by the seller.
Love the DK's and this is without doubt their finest album.
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on 23 February 2018
Good edition. Good service.
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on 19 July 2011
This is the 4th time I've bought this album; 2 x vinyl, 1 CD and now digital download. Original vinyl was stolen and replaced and then wore out, and the CD version is considerably aged now. The digital version sounds really good and has a bit more punch at the lower end. Well, I've been listening to this album for over 30 years now and never tire of it, it is a true classic in my opinion.
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on 2 August 2015
at last some civilised music
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on 29 August 2015
Great product, excellent seller, no worries... All the best!!!
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on 10 November 2015
One of the greatest records...ever!!
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